December 7, 2023


Moving Forward

Anthony Spennato, freelance photographer who recorded breaking news on Staten Island, dies at 38

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A beloved husband and father, whose freelance images work captured the tales of his fellow Staten Islanders, has died.

Anthony Spennato, 38, of Grymes Hill, a developing superintendent in New Springville who moonlighted as a photographer for the Advance/ for extra than five yrs, died of troubles from cancer even though surrounded by his spouse and children and mates at Staten Island University Medical center in Ocean Breeze on Friday, June 30.

“He fought right up until he couldn’t battle any more,” his spouse, Tanya Spennato, instructed the Progress/ “His previous text to me had been: ‘I like you much more.’”

On Dec. 3, Spennato — soon after acquiring checked into Richmond University Clinical Middle in West Brighton with significant again suffering — was identified with phase 4 cholangiocarcinoma, a sort of bile duct cancer that metastasized all through his entire body, impacting multiple organs, and progressing to the stage of leading to fractures in his neck, hip and a number of other bones.

At the time, Tanya’s lifelong buddy Dawn Roman set up a GoFundMe site. The charity site continues to be on-line and will continue on to help the Spennato family.

In addition to his spouse of 13 many years, Tanya, Spennato is survived by a few youthful boys, Anthony, Lorenzo, and Lucas 3 more mature stepchildren, Wilbert, Sierra and Elijah his sister Deborah, and mother and father, Deborah and Anthony Sr.

Dedicated to his pictures, the lifelong borough resident shared with Staten Island visitors sharp visuals of fires, police criminal offense scenes, and car crashes. He also captured special spouse and children moments for the Advance, which include back again-to-school shots of his younger boys.

“Anthony fought a really hard struggle until eventually the incredibly conclusion, and we are so amazingly happy of him,” Roman wrote on the web site. “We are grateful that Anthony was capable to rejoice his son Lucas’s communion, his 13th marriage anniversary, his children’s birthdays, Father’s Working day, and most not long ago, his 38th birthday just before his passing. We will cherish all the recollections we have been ready to have with Anthony.”

A viewing will be held at Scalia Funeral House in Eltingville on Thursday, July 6 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, July 7 at Holy Little one R.C. Church in Annadale at 11 a.m.


Anthony Spennato, 38, a freelance photographer whose do the job appeared in the Progress/, died Friday, June 30 of issues from most cancers. (Photo courtesy of Tanya Spennato)